Australia Secures ODI Series with Convincing 83-Run Victory Over West Indies

Sydney, Date - Australia delivered a dominant performance to seal the one-day international series against the West Indies with an 83-run victory in the second ODI at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Australia, batting first, faced a challenging start but managed to post a competitive total of 258-9. Sean Abbott, who later earned the Man of the Match title, played a crucial role with the bat, contributing an entertaining 69 runs. Despite being 167-7 at one point, Australia's late-middle order showcased resilience to set a challenging target.

In pursuit of 259, the West Indies faltered, eventually being dismissed for 175 in the 44th over. Abbott continued to shine, this time with the ball, claiming three wickets for 40 runs. Josh Hazlewood also made significant contributions, finishing with figures of 3-43.

Australia's skipper Steve Smith acknowledged the challenging start but praised the team's performance. "It was a tricky surface, but our late middle order did a terrific job," said Smith. He highlighted the par score of 250 and commended Australia's bowlers for executing their plans effectively.

The West Indies captain, Shai Hope, credited his team's bowling effort but acknowledged the need for the batters to find a way to bat more freely.

The West Indies' run chase faced early setbacks, losing key wickets in quick succession. Abbott's efficient bowling, coupled with Hazlewood's crucial interventions, left the visitors struggling at 108-5. Despite a 53-run partnership between Hope and Carty, the required run rate continued to rise. Hazlewood's dismissal of Hope and Abbott's removal of Carty further dented the West Indies' chances. The match concluded with a remarkable one-handed diving catch by Cameron Green to dismiss Roston Chase.

Australia's victory marked their 11th consecutive ODI win, securing the series with one match remaining in Canberra on Tuesday. The West Indies will aim to regroup and bounce back in the final game to salvage pride.